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Sunday, August 30, 2015

3:30pm-5:30pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Hamilton Stage


Rahway International Film Festival Short Films Presentation


Showcasing works that educate and inspire empathy, equality, and awareness through film, RIFF has got it all. With shorts films ranging from documentary to animation to drama to comedy, these films from all over the world will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think.


Block #2 Lineup:

  • Passions (NJ, USA)

  • Ashes (NJ, USA | Filmed in France)

  • Hurricane, Brooklyn (NY, USA)

  • Horn OK Please (NJ, USA | Filmed in India)

  • Whale Valley (Iceland)

  • Bienvenidos (Welcome) (Spain | Filmed in Perú)


Following the short films, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers & cast.


All festival tickets include free admission to the Saturday Lobby Networking Hour at 8PM, which will serve complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All tickets also include admission to our Opening Night & Closing Night After-Parties, offering a complimentary light buffet and Happy Hour bar pricing. Come join the fun!


10% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the charities "Integrity House" & "National Alliance on Mental Illness".


Student Film


Short Documentary  |  Runtime: 5:24

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: This film shows the passion of 3 talented high schoolers. We find out what drives them to follow their passions.


Director | Producer: Isaiah Mackson (in attendance)

Isaiah Mackson is currently a high school student whose earliest dabbles in filmmaking was through skateboarding. Skateboard filmmaking was some of his earliest captured work, but he has since expanded to narrative, documentary, and even commercial work.



Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 5:00

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA | Filmed in France

Language: English


Synopsis: An aspiring photographer travels to the south of France to fulfill her grandfather's dying wish.


Director: ​Temilolu Tokosi (in attendance)

Temilolu Tokosi is a Nigerian filmmaker hailing from Roselle,NJ. His main focus is to make drama films with a message that have an ability to change people's outlooks on life and their thinking. In May 2015 Temi won the "Best Director" award at the "We Made it in Cannes" short film competition at the Cannes Film Festival.


Writer: Nate Hapke

Born and raised in CT, Nate Hapke is an American filmmaker with a passion for people and stories. In May of 2014, Nate graduated from Syracuse Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Television-Radio-Film. Currently living in Los Angeles, Nate is working for the Disney ABC Television Group.


Producer: Viviana Mauri

Raised in Miami, Florida, Viviana graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Film Studies. Ashes marks her debut as a film producer. Currently, Mauri is a Candidate for the Masters of Entertainment Industry Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University.



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"Hurricane, Brooklyn"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 20:22

Country of Origin: New York, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: A Mormon missionary and a dominatrix find unexpected spiritual guidance in each other during hurricane Sandy.


Director | Writer | Producer: Alli Haapasalo

Alli Haapasalo is a Finnish film director and writer based in New York. Haapasalo’s short films have been awarded in the United States and Europe, most recently her 60-minute narrative ON THIN ICE, which was also nominated for Prix Europa in 2012. Haapasalo holds an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as a BA from Aalto University in Helsinki (majoring in film directing). In the fall of 2015 she is shooting AUTUMN PRINCE, her first full length feature film.


Writer | Producer: Victoire Charles

Victoire Charles is a native New Yorker. She hails from the Arverne Beach area of Far Rockaway, Queens. She claims Brooklyn as her hometown, the borough she has lived in the longest. She’s worked primarily as an actress in the theatre for nearly a decade.


Writer | Producer: Jeremy Rishe

Jeremy Rishe is a co-founding producer of Third Wing Media - for which he acts, writes and occasionally directs, there next project is JEWATH filming 2016 (if you want to find out more contact him via his website at He's a founding board member of Kids Creative Collective inc. a non-profit organization that brings performing arts to young people in and around NYC, He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.

"Horn OK Please"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 27:00

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA | Filmed in India

Language: English


Synopsis: "Horn Ok Please" is an experimental short/ mockumentary, part real/ part semi-autobiographical, with some staged scenarios to achieve the dramatic arc for the film. The story revolves around a struggling filmmaker who had to shelve her first feature film debut due to lack of funds. Nevertheless, she makes a mockumentary that too in her own hometown. What starts as a journey through rejection, initiated in the mood of cynicism, anger and unfulfilled dream, ends up in the discovery of self, connecting her jaded soul back to her roots.


Director: Nidhi Kathuria (in attendance)

Writer, poet and filmmaker, Nidhi’s work experience includes writing, producing and directing short films like ‘Romancing With Life’, ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Little Bag of Happiness’, ‘The Wait’ etc. under the banner of Sara Jahan Films. Her films have done festival rounds in US, Canada and India. Currently, she is shooting her first feature film in US called 'Prince of Bollywood'. Sara Jahan Films has produced other independent film projects also like ‘Get Home Luis!’ and ‘Son of A--‘. 


"Whale Valley"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 15:00 

Country of Origin: Iceland

Language: Icelandic


Synopsis: The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother, a little boy, witnesses a life or death moment involving his big brother it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in the brothers' lives.


Director: Gudmundur Arnar

Gudmundur was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1982. He graduated in fine art from the Icelandic Art Academy. There after he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Gudmundur works as a filmmaker and a part time teacher in film and fine art. His short films have collected 20 international awards and over 100 nominations. Whale Valley received among others; a Special Mention in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, Best Short film at Hamptons I.F.F. and a nomination for Best Short film to the European Film Awards.






Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 27:39

Country of Origin: Spain | Filmed in Perú

Language: Spanish


Synopsis: An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.


Director: Javier Fesser

Film and advertising director, scriptwriter and author. Internationally acclaimed for his films, he has been awarded thirteen Goyas and an Oscar nomination.  His last work “Mortadelo y Filemon contra Jimmy el Cachondo” (2014) was awarded a Goya for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).


Producer: Luis Manso

Spanish film producer alternating between a multi-awarded publicity activity and cinema production. His last work, “Mortadelo y Filemon contra Jimmy el Cachondo” (2014) was awarded a Goya for Best Animated Feature Film.

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